Jim Tressel Investigation: Coach Contacted Terrelle Pryor Handlers, Shut Out Compliance Department

The Jim Tressel investigation has taken another ugly turn this Monday morning: Three reporters at the Columbus Dispatch got their hands on the Ohio State coach's phone records and logged emails dating back to last April, and released an investigative report this morning detailing their findings, which was only a warmup to the release of the NCAA's Notice of Allegations, but is still a juicy read. Who's ready to walk back through Tressel's initial press conference confessions and see what else gets contradicted?

We return to the well of Tressel claiming he didn't talk to anyone about Terrelle Pryor and his Tat Five Orchestra possibly playing an entire season while ineligible to do so because he didn't know who to turn to. We already know he talked to at least one person (Terrelle Pryor handler Ted Sarniak). Now, according to documents obtained by the Dispatch, there's evidence of more contact with Sarniak than was originally disclosed, as well as conversations with Pryor, Pryor's high school position coach, and a local FBI agent. Names you will not see appearing on this list as having been contacted by Tressel: His AD, the Ohio State president, or the Ohio State compliance department. For over eight months, this went on.

And keep in mind that this isn't over, and won't be for a very long time, and we're not even talking about the NCAA investigation: The Dispatch claims that OSU is still holding out on "several months of phone logs" and emails the paper requested. If we end up having to apologize to Beano Cook, of all people, we shall be extremely put out. 

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